A police officer was caught on video pulling his gun on a group of teens while trying to break up a fight at a pool party.
Officers in McKinney, Texas, were called to the scene around 7:15 p.m. on Friday after a disturbance was reported at a local community pool. When police arrived to the scene, they reportedly “encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands,” according to McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley.
The video, posted below, showed the officers attempting to restore order to the group. One officer in particular began aggressively pursuing teens and pushing them to the ground.
“When I started the video was right after all the kids who got put on the ground had gotten up and ran away,” Brandon Brooks, who filmed the incident, said in an email to NBC News. “The cop was chasing after all those kids just putting every black person he saw on the ground.”
While trying to apprehend a 14-year-old girl, the officer in question pulled his gun on a group of teens who rushed to defend her.
“The excessive force on an unarmed 14-year-old girl clad only in a bikini by an officer wearing a uniform and a gun was particularly troubling,” NAACP president Cornell William Brooks said, according to NBC News. “These teens appeared to be simply attending a pool party and deserved respectful treatment under the law. We are calling for a full investigation of the McKinney Police Department officers and that they be held accountable to the full extent of the law.”
Only one person was reportedly arrested following the incident.
According to Conley, the officer who drew his gun on the teens was placed on administrative leave, and the incident is currently under investigation.
“Virtually, were talking to everyone we've come in contact with, everyone who was out there or involved in this incident,” he said. “Ultimately, everyone was freed. Other than the person who was arrested, everyone was released to a parent or guardian or to a responsible adult. Any time you confront a large group of people, it's a very dynamic situation and tensions can rise very quickly.”
Watch the tense situation below.
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